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Poor man's NavPod
have purchased Garmin 440s. Wife somehow agreed. Now, I need to put it somewhere. Attached, exhibit A, are some options.
I can't swing a NavPod. $, also, I don't want to leave the electronics front and center for 6 months.
So, was considering either a 1) Ram Mount, off the rail, or 2) attaching a shelf of some sort between the guard rails, with the Garmin bracket screwed into the shelf (thus, Garmin sits on shelf.)
option 3 is mounting next, not between the guard rails, using either a Ram Mount or a homemade 3 x 8" shelf.
One thing that worries me is using a ram mount in either scenario, with the unit sticking out almost horizontally. Seems like too much force at play to support a gps (vs. having it alligned vertically, as pictured.)
Option 4, which I just thought about: what if I attach the Garmin from the top of the guard rail, hanging under the semi circle?
Final question is: assume I route cables somehow, up through a hole on the guard rail. (Or should it be, the pedestal? Not sure I can route cables in that 1" pipe, as the connectors are large.) When I take the GPS off at night / end of season, the cables (and delicate connectors) will be open air.
Does anybody make a cover for wires? Do I use a zip lock?
Thanks, as always.